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Kitchens and baths require heavy-duty floors. These vinyl and linoleum flooring options can handle the challenge with style. Manufacturer information included.
Out-of-the-ordinary flooring is one way to make a huge impact in your kitchen. This resilient flooring features a sea of neutral shades to give your floors a natural look.
Easy Living Fashion Collection, Seagrass $2 per square foot Tarkett 800/367-8275; tarkett-floors.com
Get the look of natural travertine with these 12-inch vinyl tiles that won't weigh down your budget like a stone. The Shenandoah line offers style and performance.
Shenandoah vinyl From $3.39 per square foot Mannington 800/482-9527; mannington.com
Franklin is just one of more than 100 colors and designs available in the FiberFloor Collection. Its backing layer includes a moisture- and sound-reducing barrier.
Easy Living Fashion Collection, Franklin $2 per square foot Tarkett 800/367-8275; tarkett-floors.com
These embossed vinyl tiles suggest weathered and stamped metal. Other unexpected tile designs from this company imitate granite, slate, marble, and concrete.
Vinyl tiles From $6 per square foot Amtico International 404/267-1900; amtico.com
Versatility is one of linoleum's strong points. This flooring is available in calming shades such as Verdi Green, Natural Corn, and Whispering Blue.
Marmoleum flooring From $3.50 per square foot Forbo Industries 800/842-7839; forbolinoleumna.com
Similar to synthetic vinyl, linoleum offers a vintage, all-natural flair. Mix several colors of this durable material for a custom look.
Marmorette flooring From $4 installed Armstrong 800-233-3823; armstrong.com
These cork-look vinyl tiles resemble the real thing, but they resist scuffs, scratches, and water better than cork. They also offer more design variations.
Cork vinyl tile From $3.49 per square foot Armstrong 800/233-3823; armstrong.com
Pretty meets practical in this FiberFloor Collection flooring. The flooring's wear layer and finish layer protect against rips, indentations, scratches, and stains.
Easy Living Fashion Collection, Antonia Spanish Tile $2 per square foot Tarkett 800/367-8275; tarkett-floors.com